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Mughlai Cuisine

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

Mughlai (moog-lie) cuisine arose as a result of the Mughal rule in India, which lasted from 1426 to 1857. Food was rich and cooked with aromatic spices, nuts, and dried fruits during that time in India's history. Mughlai flavors vary from mild to spicy, and are distinguished by a distinct fragrance and the use of whole and ground spices.

This style of Indian cuisine originated in places like Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, as well as among Muhajir expats in Pakistan. Mughlai cuisine can also be found in the Indian cities of Bhopal and Hyderabad, where Central Asian cuisine has had a major influence on the cuisine's flavors.

Mughlai Cuisine
Mughlai Dishes

Since Persian was the Mughal Empire's official language, many Mughlai dishes have Persian and Turkic names. These flavorful meals, which were once prepared for royals and emperors, combine the typical spices and flavors that embodied Indian cuisine.

Biryani, pulao, kebabs, and kofta are some of the Muslim-influenced names for Mughlai dishes. Mughlai cuisine reflects the heavy influence of Muslim cooking styles, as the Mughals left an indelible mark on India. This is evident in the fact that Mughlai cuisine is still common and desired today.

Cooking Style

With the amount of flavored sauces and butter-based curries, Mughlai cuisine was most definitely time-consuming and labor-intensive to prepare—almost it's as though it was made to make people want more food because it can be so decadent! These foods' names are also very interesting, which might entice people to try new Mughlai dishes.

Mughlai dishes are usually described as mild to medium-hot cream and nut-based gravies, rice dishes with a lot of nuts and dried fruits, and rich creamy desserts with spices like saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg. These Mughlai-style gravies go well with rice and bread as well.

Biryani, kebabs, kofta (meatballs), pulao (or pilaf), and tandoor are some of the most common Mughlai dishes. Mughlai chicken, Mughlai biryani, Mughlai paratha, malai kofta, reshmi kebab, kadhai gosht, and murg tandoor are examples of traditional Mughlai dishes. The bread pudding shahi tukra, barfi, kalakand, and falooda are all traditional Mughlai desserts.

Despite the fact that many Mughlai dishes are creamy, decadent, and savory, they can still be lightened up by using healthier ingredients. Mughlai cuisine, with its historical origins, is still very much alive in kitchens around the world, whether at home or in restaurants.

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